How to Train a Dog to Stop Jumping Up on You and Other People

Posted: April 30, 2014 in Dog Behavior
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The reason a dog likes to jump up on you and other people is because this behavior has been rewarded and reinforced, so it becomes quite natural for your dog to get attention this way. In this post we will take a look at how to train a dog to stop jumping up on you and other people.

 

Does this scenario describe your situation?

 

You arrive home from work, and your dog hears you as soon as your car starts in the drive, by the time you reach the door, he is waiting on the other side, you can hear the barking, whining, and excited commotion.

 

As soon as you open the door, he pounces and jumps licking, pushing and jumping some more.

 

His head hits you under the chin and you bite your tongue, and through all this you are saying something like, “Hey boy”, Daddy’s home”, Did you miss your Momma?”, “Who’s a good boy”, or it could be a hail of, “Get down”, Get off”, “Will you go lay down”, “Bad dog”.

 

What you might not realize is that either way, regardless if you greet him with happiness and joy or anger and frustration, to your dog it is all a reward for the behavior, you see a dog don’t care if it’s good or bad attention, they just want you to interact with them.

 

In order to change this behavior you must first make a commitment to training your dog to respond in a manner that you will like, for example, I train my dogs to sit, when a dog is sitting there are a 100 other things he can’t do, and jumping up on you and other people is just one of them.

 

You must also resign your self to a different way of leaving and coming back to your dog. This will require you to understand that actions speak way louder than words. When you leave in the morning you say nothing to your dog, and when you come home, you say nothing, if he is excited you have him sit or go to his place to calm down, and when he is calm, you can then interact with him.

 

Remember;, an excited dog is an unstable dog, and most behavioral problems stem from this frame of mind. Once you have changed your mind-set, you will be well on your way to learning how to train a dog to stop jumping on you and other people.

 

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